C-listed Mugdock tower to rise again as a family home
January 5 2021
A C-listed tower near Mugdock Country Park, Stirling, is to be restored as part of plans to establish a subterranean family home some 6m below its present base.
Craigend Folly once stood as an ornamental octagonal tower on top of a steep hill but only its lower floor now survives after being partially dismantled, with surviving stonework stacked within the tower footprint.
This is where NVDC Architects step in after being commissioned by the site owners to build living accommodation arranged around a series of courtyards dug out from the round, minimising intrusion on the tower and landscape with only a few stone retaining walls being visible.
Espousing their design narrative the practice wrote: "Following discussions with the project engineer (Structural Partnership) we were advised that the remains of the tower structure displayed significant movement and thus the rebuilding of the tower had to be carried out atop new foundations. Both the need to excavate the land for the new foundations and our desire to create a house that would embrace the tower at the core of the design resulted in the idea of `building into the landscape`.
"The outcome of this process was the design of a bespoke contemporary home that fits naturally into the topography of the site whilst acting as a pedestal on which the newly restored Craigend Folly can proudly sit atop."
As part of the works it will be necessary to construct a sweeping access road, permitting public access to the tower on scheduled open days.